Wildcats' Turner suspended for Florida game

2011-12-06T20:23:00Z 2011-12-07T13:50:36Z Wildcats' Turner suspended for Florida gameBruce Pascoe Arizona Daily Star

Freshman guard Josiah Turner was suspended for Wednesday's Arizona-Florida game because of what UA termed "violations of team policy."

Turner did not travel with the Wildcats to Gainesville, Fla., but could be reinstated in time to play Saturday against Clemson at McKale Center.

"We will meet with him when we return to campus to discuss what his obligations to this program are moving forward," UA coach Sean Miller said in a UA statement.

The disciplinary action again revolved around Turner's participation in practices, a trend that already resulted in Turner being taken out of the starting lineup for UA's Nov. 9 game with Duquesne. Turner had been late to a pregame shootaround before the Duquesne game.

A top 10 prospect out of high school, Turner began the season as the Wildcats' starting point guard but didn't start against Duquesne and did not play at all in the Wildcats' next game, on Nov. 13 against Ball State, because Miller said he was still making adjustments "on and off the court."

However, Turner was playing better in recent games and Miller said he has been "growing as a player and as a person." That combination led Miller to say Monday that he might start Turner Wednesday at Florida. But Miller also cautioned that he wanted to see how Monday and Tuesday went before making a decision.

"It's every day. That's the expectations at Arizona," Miller said Monday. "Not every other day, or once every three or four days, you do a great job in practice. It's who you are every day that allows everybody to trust you, your teammates, your coaches. That's not for one player in our program - that's for everybody."

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